​World Water Week

World Water Week 2011 was held in Stockholm, Sweden from August 21-27, 2011 with the theme "Responding to Global Changes — Water in an Urbanizing World".

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​This annual meeting organized by the Swedish International Water institute (SIWI) brings together over 2,500 individuals representing 200+ organizations from country governments, scientific, business, policy and civil society communities who are advancing work on the state of water sources, environmental health, livelihoods and poverty reduction agendas. It focuses on linking best practices, scientific understanding and policy and decision-making from a global perspective, but the context adjusts to differences/ similarities between regions of the world, phases of development, political systems and climatic conditions.

Our role

CI's team focused on profiling our portfolio of work in ecosystem management, service provision, links between health ecosystems and human well-being, Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) and climate change adaptation. Our Freshwater conservation program will enhance freshwater security by increasing knowledge of improved water — and land-management practices, incorporating development decisions, strengthening markets for freshwater services and promoting good governance and water resource management policies for the conservation of natural freshwater systems from headwater to estuary. This targets the protection and restoration of sources, flows, and services related to freshwater ecosystems that support more than 500 million people and 126,000 freshwater-dependent species.

We also concentrated on forming collaborations with partners and continuing to support the biodiversity agenda in the Environmental Flows Network (eFlowNet). Environmental flows (Eflows) describe the quantity, quality and timing of water flows required to sustain freshwater and estuarine ecosystems and the human livelihoods and well-being that depend upon them.


Attendees sent a powerful message to world leaders about nature's role in ensuring that people everywhere have the safe, fresh water they need — not just to survive, but to thrive.

Learn more about the results by reading the Stockholm Statement or about CI's role at World Water Week in highlighting the links between the health of freshwater ecosystems and the health of the people who depend on them by reading our blog, Human Nature.

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EditImage Alt Text:Night falls over Rio de Janeiro. © Nikada

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EditImage Alt Text:Udzungwa National Park provides the communities that surround it with clean drinking water. © Benjamin Drummond

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EditImage Alt Text:Anlung Reang floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia. © Kristin Harrison and Jeremy Ginsberg